OUR MISSION

The BBP provides First Responders, Veterans, and Active Duty Military who’ve experienced and/or witnessed trauma an opportunity to Renew Hope, Restore Life, and Return to Freedom by using a specialized manual therapy called Counterstrain.

WHAT IS COUNTERSTRAIN?

Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event can cause the autonomic nervous system to become activated and stay “turned on,” and blood flow inside the brain can measurably change. This reflexive physiological response can be normalized by a specialized manual therapy technique called Counterstrain. After treatment, patients have experienced improvement in sleep, pain control, organ function, and restored mental and emotional stability. Counterstrain involves the assessment of cranial bones to help determine what areas need to be treated followed by a series of gentle hands-on procedures to release tension in the fascia around inhibited physical structures. Each treatment is painless and lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

WHAT IS COUNTERSTRAIN?

Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event can cause the autonomic nervous system to become activated and stay “turned on,” and blood flow inside the brain can measurably change. This reflexive physiological response can be normalized by a specialized manual therapy technique called Counterstrain. After treatment, patients have experienced improvement in sleep, pain control, organ function, and restored mental and emotional stability. Counterstrain involves the assessment of cranial bones to help determine what areas need to be treated followed by a series of gentle hands-on procedures to release tension in the fascia around inhibited physical structures. Each treatment is painless and lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

HOW WE CAN HELP

EXTENSIVE STUDIES

We are in the process of studying the effect Counterstrain has on people who have suffered pain, insomnia, mental and emotional distress due to trauma. This research will prove the efficacy of Counterstrain, so that it can be more widely available to those in need.

ALWAYS IMPROVING

Counterstrain has already helped many who have been negatively affected by trauma. We have seen improvements in pain management, social and emotional coping, sleep, and mental clarity. Through the Bridge Back Project we will continue to learn how to treat the symptoms of Traumatic Stress.

WIDENING THE SCOPE

As leaders in the study and advocacy regarding Traumatic Stress, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has two primary modalities listed as acceptable treatment for Traumatic Stress: psychotherapy and pharmaceutical medications. Our goal is to add Counterstrain as an accepted modality for those who suffer from the effects of trauma in the Line of Duty.

EXTENSIVE STUDIES

We are in the process of studying the impact Counterstrain has on people who have suffered pain, insomnia, mental and emotional distress due to trauma.  We are doing this research to prove the efficacy of Counterstrain, so that it will be approved as a treatment, and therefore more widely available.

ALWAYS IMPROVING

Counterstrain has already helped many who have been negatively affected by trauma.  We have seen improvements in pain management, social and emotional coping, sleep, and mental clarity. We want this modality to be available to anyone who is seeking help to return to a fully functional life after exposure to trauma.

WIDENING THE SCOPE

As leaders in the study and advocacy regarding Traumatic Stress, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has two primary modalities listed as acceptable treatment for Traumatic Stress: psychotherapy and pharmaceutical medications. Our goal is to add Counterstrain as an accepted modality for those who suffer from the effects of trauma in the Line of Duty.

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TESTIMONIALS

Those of us that make the choice to have high risk careers do so with a certain understanding in our heads. Part of it is that we will bear the weight of the things we do in order to keep those we care about safe. It’s the idea of “I will do it so maybe someone else won’t have to.” I am writing this endorsement in order to offer my support to the practitioners of the treatment method known as Counterstrain. I have found this method of treatment to help with not only increasing overall quality of life, but also helping ease effects of emotional trauma many of us in the veteran and first responder community carry. This one treatment opened a door in my head that has allowed a level of emotional clearing I can’t even begin to put into words.
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I wish I could share how different things are now. Don’t misunderstand…the demons still come sometimes…but now there are not as many of them…now it’s a fair fight.
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– T.S. “Doc” USN Ret.HMC/FMF/PJ/DIVER

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During the session I experienced a surge of strong emotions that I had not experienced before, they were neither positive nor negative but very strong.  One of my PTSD symptoms that affected my life regularly was a negative reaction to light changes that in turn caused panic attacks. After the treatment I no longer have a negative reaction or panic attacks due to change in light.   I have also experienced an increase in smell and taste, both were limited prior to the treatment. I would highly recommend this to other PTSD patients.

D.S. AMH3.

 

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It’s not that [I] no longer dislike unexpected noise, gunfire or fireworks, it is that I feel more able to manage their effect on me. I describe it as an absence of some need to respond. I have a sense of distance from the physical effects and don’t experience the kind of anticipatory anxiety guilt, or anger I’ve felt in the past.  My wife tells that I am less reactive in general and display fewer outbursts of anger.  Personally, I experience an increased ability to stay centered or calmer during arguments. This not to say I’ve had a personality make over or anything, but from inside myself I feel more at ease and less likely to ruminate over old issues regarding traumatic events.

I would recommend anyone with post trauma issues to consider this treatment. I would especially encourage my Vet. Brothers and Sisters to look at this treatment.  It is unlike anything they will have experienced and I can only hope and trust their outcomes are as positive as mine.

 

– P.M.

RM-2 (Radioman 2nd class)  1967-1971

Fleet Airwing 8  home based in Sangley Point and Subic Bay Pl flying recon over the South China Sea. 70-71

 

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About

Get Involved

Participate
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BE INFORMED

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ABOUT US

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Contact

The Bridge Back Project

16541 Redmond Way #223C,
Redmond, WA 98052, USA

(360)265-9441

admin@bridgeback.org

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